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Special Task Force set up in Goa to tackle the expected third wave of infection!

The state government will also afoot global tenders to procure COVID vaccine doses to boost walk-in vaccination for 18-44 group.

The state of Goa has initiated a proactive measure in view of the expected third wave of the pandemic. A 15-member special task force has been set up here, under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister to prepare for a successive infection swell, anticipated to hit the nation in the coming months. Reportedly, the state Health Minister has roped in as the Vice Chairman of this force which will include both, private and government doctors.


Goa prepares for the probable third wave of COVID

The third wave of coronavirus is expected to raise the incidences of infection in children and consequently, steps will be taken to bolster the infrastructure accordingly. The Chief Minister stated a 60-bed paediatric ICU (PICU) will be set up at the super speciality hospital in Bambolim. Additional, ICUs will be upgraded at private and government hospitals.

GMC paediatricians will also be inducted into the treatment force, the CM informed and the clinical infrastructure will also be furnished accordingly. A separate 20-bed ward has also been dedicated to the treatment of black fungus cases, that are emerging as a successive complication of the COVID infection.

In another step to boost the treatment efficiency, an expert committee will be formed under the spearhead authority of the GMC Dean, reads reports. Goa reported the highest positivity rate during the second wave and this committee will review the rise and advise the state to prepare for the third wave.

Goa to float global tenders to procure vaccines

The Chief Minister on Friday announced that the state administration will afoot global tenders to scout for additional vaccines to meet the domestic demand. The official pointed out that people from other states are booking their vaccination slots here, which has consequently led to the rise in demand.

The procured doses will ramp up the walk-in vaccinations for the 18-44 group, augmenting the state's overall inoculation campaign. As yet, over 9.3 lakh doses of the vaccine have been administered in Goa.

Indore Municipal Corporation to upgrade its existing dry waste segregation system soon

With a secondary segregation unit to supplement the existing facility, Indore civic body will soon segregate dry waste into 35 different categories

Taking its cleanliness drive up by a notch, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is now planning to upgrade its existing waste segregation into 35 different categories. As of now, with the help of the automated Material Recovery Facility (MRF) set up at Devguradia trenching ground, the dry waste is segregated into 12 different categories. Reportedly, this facility was established at a cost of about ₹20 crores.

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The state of Maharashtra on Thursday announced its decision of reopening schools for all students from class 1 onwards, starting December 1. From Wednesday, schools will be conducting regular, physical sessions for standards 1 to 7 for the first time in 19 months. With this, all school students in the state, except those in pre-primary and kindergarten grades will be permitted to attend school, under the authority of listed COVID guidelines and SOPs.

Noteworthily, the final decision regarding the reopening of schools in Mumbai will be taken by the BMC Commissioner. This decision will affect about 11 lakh students (from classes 1 to 7 ) in the city.

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Sunburn Goa: Limited capacity event scheduled from Dec 27-29

Only fully vaccinated people can attend the three-day music festival at Vagator in Goa

After being denied permission by the state administration, the organisers of Sunburn have now announced a curtailed version of Asia's largest music festival in Goa. Scheduled to take place from December 27 to December 29 in Vagator this year, this grand music festival premiering the best of Electric Dance Music (EDM), has a big fan base of music lovers from all across the globe. As per the first official statement issued by Percept Live post the announcement made by the Chief Minister of Goa, this decision to tone down Sunburn 2021 has been taken in view of the ongoing COVID pandemic.

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Check out the 2nd list of speakers Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 here:

The on-ground hybrid version of the 15th edition of JLF is scheduled to take place between January 28 to February 1, next year

Adding to the excitement of the book lovers, the organising body of the upcoming Jaipur Literature Festival has released the second list of speakers. The on-ground hybrid version of the 15th edition of this glorious feast of literature, discourse and camaraderie is scheduled to take place between January 28 to February 1, 2022. The stellar lineup includes a list of twenty-five poets, authors and intellectuals from India and abroad.

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First of its kind in Lucknow, a women-only mall to open soon in Charbagh!

A mall for the women, by the women, will set the new standards of women empowerment in Lucknow

Feel safer as you head out for a thorough retail therapy session in Lucknow, with the city's first-ever women-only mall. Lucknow Nagar Nigam has decided to lay the foundation of this exclusive mall in Charbagh. Reportedly, all shops and sellers stationed at this ₹17 crore shopping crores will also be run by women, for the women.

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Walk-in vaccination system implemented across Lucknow!

A five-day campaign aimed at boosting the existing vaccination drive has also been scheduled from November 28 to December 2

Augmenting the ongoing vaccination drive in the city, the District Magistrate of Lucknow has now scraped the mandatory registration required before taking the vaccine against COVID. With the implementation of the walk-in vaccination system, the residents of Lucknow can now directly head to the vaccination centres and take the first or second jab without having to make a prior booking. The decision to do away with this prerequisite registration was taken by the DM in a meeting on Friday.

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Passengers from South Africa to be put under quarantine at Mumbai Airport due to Omicron scare

If the arriving passengers test COVID positive, their samples will be sent for genome sequencing

Amid the rising concerns of the new COVID variant Omicron, the Union Health Ministry has directed to increase testing and screening of all international travellers. In continuation to this, a special set of airport guidelines have been put in place for those arriving from South Africa, the epicentre of the said mutation. Reportedly, such passengers will have to undergo testing and quarantine at the Mumbai International Airport. If found COVID positive, their samples will be sent for genome sequencing, the Mumbai Mayor informed.

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